It’s an interesting approach to a subject: a celebrated actor, two venerable filmmaking siblings, a lauded composer and a neuroscientist exploring the uniquely powerful role of music in determining the narrative design and the emotional impact of a film. Yep, at the “Art Of The Score,” a co-presentation of World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic, actor Alec Baldwin hosted a chat with the Coen brothers and their longtime composer Carter Burwell to discuss music, scores and perhaps more importantly, how it can shapes the emotional reaction and psychology of the brain.
Of course, we already know this to be true: this is the brilliance and magic of movie scores and how it can influence the psyche, underscore emotional moments on screen or even subtly manipulate the audience, but to hear some of it explained in a scientific way via neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel is rather interesting. Don’t worry; it’s not all bookworm stuff and Baldwin, the Coens and Burwell touch upon a lot of entertaining insightful points and topics (hearing the counter intuitive music in the climax of “True Grit” in this context reminds you just how brilliant Burwell and the Coens are for making this atypical, and emotionally beautiful choice).
From the original music intended for the now iconic opening of Stanley Kubrick‘s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (which was not Richard Strauss epic tone poem “Also Sprach Zarathustra“) to the fact that both Burwell and the Coens were novices when they first began and “both didn’t know what they were doing,” it’s a fascinating talk. Watch below.